Kiara Advani think the planet is ‘filtering itself’

With life being as hectic as it is for Bollywood actor Kiara Advani believes at one point she “had no time to breathe”. She would go from shoot to shoot on a daily basis but with 2020 beginning a new decade, the star has found herself ample amounts of free time on her hand.

Kiara Advani said, “In 2019, I was running around so much, working on one film after the other. At one point, I was like, ‘Am I doing enough, or am I doing too much?’ Now, I can confidently say I was happy I was doing that.”

During the course of the conversation, Kiara referred to COVID-19 as a rather “extraordinary situation” for, “In normal circumstances, when I’m at home, I’m the happiest. But now, earth has pressed the pause button and is filtering itself. But it’s great to see that we’re all now finding happiness in basic, simple things of life, and are also coming together to lend a helping hand selflessly.”

Kiara spoke at length about privilege amid this global crisis. “To start with, I must say that we’re surely the privileged ones, and we can only be grateful to God for that. With a roof over our head, we don’t have to worry about our next meal etc.”

She also touched base on her coping strategies amid this pandemic, “As for my headspace, during the first lockdown, it was about doing something that you haven’t done before. But lockdown 2.0 is all about my hobbies, and rediscovering art such as painting and even cooking, which are extremely therapeutic.”

“Plus, I’m using this period to polish my Urdu and Hindi diction. I’ve also gotten back in touch with so many of my friends and even school teachers. There’s a feeling of oneness and togetherness that we are all in it together.”

However, that is not to say that Kiara is not “missing going out on sets.” Once everything calms down, and “become ‘normal’, I’ll immediately meet my team members, and also a lot of friends and extended family members. I also want to go back to a theatre and enjoy a movie with my popcorn.”


Akshay Kumar: Big directors don’t cast me

Akshay Kumar, going to be seen in the film Good Newwz on Friday, made a startling remark, given that most of his films are commercially successful. He said big banners are reluctant to cast him in their films. He said that was the reason he often worked with the new directors.

Talking to the media during the launch of the trailer of Good Newwz, Akshay Kumar explained his predicament, saying, “When the ‘big people’ don’t take you in the film, you have to start your own journey. If you don’t get a job in a big company, you have to work with a start-up. From there you can jump. You cannot just sit at home and think why people are not taking you despite your capability.”

Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh will be seen in the lead roles of the strangely spelt Good Newwz. On the very last day, Akshay Kumar’s film song “Sauda khara khara” has been released, which is now quite a hit.

Akshay Kumar, Good Newwz, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh

At the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar was asked whether his ‘plight’ owed to big directors’ preference for Khans at one point of time. He said, “They go to those who deserve it. You must have seen there are not only Khans; many other people are there too. I felt if I was not worthy of them, I need to find my own way of earning.”

Talking about the new film, Akshay Kumar said, “Good Newwz‘ director Raj Mehta is my 21st new director. I can feel that his ‘greed’ to do good work is much greater than that of old directors. It’s a do-or-die situation for a new director because if his film does not work, he will be finished. “

Akshay Kumar made it clear who he was referring to in his next comment. “I still do not have big directors. They produce films with me but do not direct. You may ask this to Karan Johar,” the Khiladi said.


Kabir Singh highest grosser: Biggest hit for Shahid, Kiara

New Delhi/Mumbai: While film Kabir Singh has broken many records at the box office, the film proved to be the most successful film in the careers of Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani so far.

Kabir Singh was released on 21 June. Forty days later, the film is still casting a spell on the audience. It has made a total collection of more than Rs 275 crore. The overall collection of the film Kabir Singh has been Rs 277.07 crore.

The film has been receiving a good response at the theatres even 40 days after its release. This is remarkable, given that there are big Hollywood and Bollywood movies at the theatres that Kabir Singh is competing with even though it is running on fewer screens. The box office collections of Kabir Singh continue to set new records while the gross of other films released around the same time tapered off.

While from Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut’s movie Judgementall (sic) Hai Kya and Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 are in the theatres, The Lion King and Spiderman: Far from Home from Bollywood threatened Kabir Singh‘s prospects but could not succeed in dethroning it from the position of audience’s most favourite film in the recent times.

Kabir Singh: Controversy and success

Kabir Singh is a Hindi-language romantic film written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017). Jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series, the film stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. It focuses on the title character, an alcoholic surgeon who goes on a self-destructive path after his girlfriend is forced to marry someone else.

The film’s principal photography began in October 2018 and ended in March 2019. The film was theatrically released in India on 21 June. It received mixed reviews, with criticism directed at it for “glamorising misogyny” and “toxic masculinity” (terms used in the reviews of Business Today and Hindustan Times), though Kapoor’s performance was praised.

At the box office, Kabir Singh has become Kapoor’s highest-grossing film as a sole male star. It has emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019. At the second, third, fourth and fifth positions are Uri: The Surgical Strike, Bharat, Gully Boy and Total Dhamaal.


Shahid Kapoor on Kabir Singh: Jab we fret about heartbreaks

Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor says he has gone through his share of “intense self-destruction” after a heartbreak and one way of overcoming negative emotions for him was to channel them into his performances.

In his latest film Kabir Singh, Shahid plays a surgeon who descends into self-destruction after a heartbreak. “I’ve had my very intense, self-destructive, heartbreak, angsty moments, where I’ve not been in control,” Shahid said.

Describing Kabir Singh as a phase in everyone’s life, the actor says some people are “very explosive about how they’re feeling” while others keep it within. But that feeling of falling apart, of self-destruction for not being able to deal with loss… Only from great love can come great anger. He is a phase in everyone’s life and that how I connected with the character.”

Shahid says as an actor, he is required to channel negative emotions, including heartbreak.

“You have to channelise (sic) all kinds of negative emotions and turn them into positive, otherwise they can take you down, heartbreak being one of them. You’ve to learn to channelise (sic) these energies, if you can’t, you become Kabir Singh!”

The Haider actor says everybody breaks at some point but it’s one’s call to choose that to “define that moment as your permanent reality.”

“The worst thing to do is to delve in self-pity because it keeps you in a place way longer than you need to be. The first thing I do is to try and run away from it. I don’t like to indulge in self-pity, it’s very dangerous.”

While the 38-year-old has often played dark characters, Kabir Singh is an obviously flawed man, the one with anger and territorial issues. When asked how does he approach a character like him, Shahid says, “by not judging him”.

“He’s real. He’s not trying to fake anything. We do that ourselves also, telling ourselves we are bad in our low phase. That doesn’t help because you’re giving yourself a wrong message. You need to tell yourself that you’re a nice person and will come out of this bad phase and find yourself,” Shahid says.

Humanising flawed characters can be tricky and the actor says he doesn’t need to do that. “They are real, I need to just represent them. Sometimes reality is a bit too real. In Haider and Udta Punjab, we’re in dark places, Kabir Singh isn’t at all. He’s an edgy character.

“As a subject matter in totality, it’s a happy film. It’s romantic and it has its dark parts but obviously what will attract you in those promos are these edgy scenes but the film has a lot more going for it,” the actor says.

Drawing a parallel with his drug addict rapper Tommy Singh in Udta Punjab, Shahid says, Kabir Singh’s reasons to do things aren’t selfish.

“I have to find why he’s doing what he is doing otherwise I have no understanding of the character I’m doing. Tommy Singh is an empty guy who is self-obsessed. He’s only thinking about himself and realises later that he needs to do something for someone else,” Shahid says.

“Kabir is the opposite. He loves so purely that he actually destroys himself in that emotion, becomes self-destructive,” the actor adds.

A remake of the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Co-starring Kiara Advani, the film is set to release on 21 June.


Kiara Advani, Diljit join Kareena and Akshay in Karan Johar’s next

Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan will reunite for Karan Johar’s next production venture, which will be directed by Raj Mehta. Their camaraderie from Tashan and Kambakkht Ishq is still afresh in our minds. It will be fun to watch them in a Karan Johar movie. The duo will come together after nine years.

According to the sources, Kiara has now become a favourite with KJo’s production house. After Lust Stories, a segment of which was helmed by Karan, and Kalank, this will be her third collaboration with the filmmaker. As for Diljit, the character is of Haryanvi descent, so he suits the role  to a T.

Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani, will be Punjabi and have a pivotal role in the storyline. They will be helping Akshay and Kareena’s characters in becoming parents.

“Diljit and Kiara are yet to sign on the dotted line. They have loved the story and have given a verbal nod to the project,” a source, as per the same report, claimed.

Kiara made her acting debut in the 2014 comedy film Fugly and went on to star in two highly successful films, the sports film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu.

Diljit made his Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab in 2016 for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He mostly works with White Hill Productions.

Kumar will feature opposite Parineeti Chopra starring in Karan Johar’s film Kesari that will be based on the story of the Battle of Saragarhi. Kumar to star in Hindi remake of Tamil horror comedy film Kanchana 2.

This will be Diljit’s second movie with Kareena, after Udta Punjab. Shooting for this film is expected to commence this November.


Kiara Advani joins the Sidharth Malhotra starrer Vikram Batra biopic

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra is all set to surprise his fans with a biopic this time. As per sources, Malhotra has been roped in to portray the role of Vikram Batra, a captain who sacrificed his life during the Kargil War (1999).

Kiara Advani will join Malhotra for the biopic. She will be seen essaying the role of Vikram’s girlfriend. As per sources, Karan Johar will produce the movie under the Dharma Productions banner.

Kiara Advani was last seen in Karan Johar’s short film in the anthology Lust Stories in which she played the role of a teacher. Followed by that, the actress will also be seen in a guest appearance in the film Kalank.

As for Sidharth Malhotra, he last collaborated with his mentor’s banner Dharma Productions, in the Katrina Kaif starrer Baar Baar Dekho. The actor was launched by Karan in the film Student Of The Year.

As for Vikram Batra, for the uninitiated, he was known for his valour and bravery during the Kargil War. He was also the recipient of the Param Vir Chakra which is one of the highest awards in the country.

Sidharth Malhotra started his Bollywood career with Student of the Year has created some well-etched characters Guru in Ek VillainKapoor & Sons;  Ittefaq and recent release Aiyaary and this variety in roles has been the result of striving to always be different.

This is not the first time someone is playing the character of Captain Vikram Batra. Before Sidharth, Abhishek Bachchan had played the same character in LOC Kargil.

Kiara made her acting debut in the 2014 comedy film Fugly and went on to star in two highly successful films, the sports film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

The film is expected to go on floors in July and the release date is expected to be sometime early next year.


Sushant Singh returns as Dhoni in biopic sequel

Mumbai: The sequel to the 2016 hit film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is on the cards and Sushant Singh Rajput will reprise his role in the film. The second instalment will focus on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life after the 2011 world cup victory and it will also document different facets of his personal life.

Sushant Singh Rajput, who essayed Dhoni’s role in Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni The Untold Story, will reprise his role for the sequel as well. “There is the thrilling win against Bangalore at the T20. Apart from that, India’s steady run, up to the semi-finals, at the 2015 World Cup will find a place in the narrative,” it quoted a source as saying. Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films may produce the second instalment of Dhoni biopic.

According to the source, just like the first part, the second instalment of the series will also witness a fair share of involvement from the former skipper, particularly during the scripting process. Though the director of the film has not been decided upon, as of now Sushant is expected to begin with his cricket lessons soon.

While the director for the film is yet to finalised, it is likely to go on floors by next year.

MS Dhoni The Untold Story remains the biggest box office hit of Sushant’s career and the film collected more than Rs 100 crore at the domestic ticket windows. It also starred Anupam Kher, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani and Bhumika Chawla.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with the Indian cricket team’s victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup, the sequel takes off from there. One major controversy that the makers cannot turn a blind eye to was the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the IPL.
The MS Dhoni-led CSK team also came under the scanner. Gurunath Meiyappan was accused of having links with bookies and betting on matches of his own team – a charge tantamount to insider trading.

Kiara Advani’s street love in Hyderabad

New Delhi: The gorgeous actress, Kiara Advani, is taking the Bollywood and South film industry by storm but that doesn’t stop this rising star from hitting the streets and indulging in some road-side shopping spree and binging.
So, when Kiara recently got a break from her busy shooting schedule in Hyderabad, where she is shooting for her next big Telugu film, the sprightly girl decided to spend the day exploring the streets of Hyderabad and visited the historic monument, located in the heart of Hyderabad – Charminar.
Yeah, while most stars are used to a luxurious lifestyle, it is the simple things that appeal the most to this beautiful belle of Bollywood, who has become the talk of the town this month, courtesy her smashing performance in the recently released anthology on Netflix – Lust Stories.
Kiara, who has become a toast of Telugu Cinema after scoring a huge success for her debut film – Bharat Ane Nenu, donned a lovely summery ensemble, covered her head with a dupatta and wore stylish shades to avoid getting noticed easily, and wandered on the streets of Hyderabad.
The actress not only bought roadside artificial jewellery but didn’t even hesitate to devour a few roadside delicacies including ice-cream from the street vendors.
Kiara said, “Every time I travel I look forward to exploring the culture and heritage of the place I’m visiting. Over the last year Hyderabad has become the second home and every time I had come to the city to shoot, I never really got the time to venture out and discover the beautiful city. This time, fortunately, I had a day off and took my team to do some sightseeing. I finally made a trip to the gorgeous Charminar, where I also shopped a little bit, I also visited the Salar Jung Museum and had dinner at my favourite Chutneys which my stylist introduced me to.”